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CASEY NEILL AND JOHNNY B CONNELLY

It’s been 15 years since Casey Neill and Johnny B. Connolly embarked on a cross country US tour. Fast forward to 2018 and they are together again with songs and instrumentals from the Scots/Irish and American traditions as well as a selection of originals. Johnny Connolly was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland where his dexterity on the accordion earned him a place with the established Celtic ensemble, Anam, at the age of seventeen. For the past few years, Johnny has been touring as a member of internationally acclaimed Irish band Solas and is featured on their latest CD ‘All These Years’.
Casey Neill is a songwriter and guitarist who tours extensively in the US, Japan, and Europe. He performs solo and with his band The Norway Rats, as well as being a member of indie rock super group The Minus 5. Neill has a long history in the traditional folk world having worked with masters of Scots/Irish music such as Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, and Martin Hayes. SUNDAY

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PAST SEASON CONCERTS

2017-2018 Jesse Colin Young Don Quixote with Ballet Workshop Repertory Dance Theatre Karrin Allyson Doo Wop Project Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas The Nutcracker with Ballet Workshop Taj Mahal Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Old Blind Dogs Who’s Bad Sam Chase 2016-2017 Lauren Fox Young Irelanders Sleeping Beauty with Ballet Workshop Adam Trent Artrageous The Sam Chase – […]

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CON BRIO

 “Con Brio is the best new live act in America!” (PopMatters)  After just three short years, Con Brio today has exploded onto the West Coast music scene on the strength of their vibrant funk and psychedelic-soul San Francisco sound.   Lead singer Ziek McCarter and his swiveling hips, splits and backflips have earned him frequent comparisons to a young Michael Jackson or James Brown.  And Con Brio is conquering the rest of the world as well.  They’ve been a sensation at most of the major American music festivals (Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Summerfest, Outside Lands, etc.) and around the world – Fuji Rock, Japan’s largest music event; Montreal Jazz Fest, the Netherlands, London, Paris and more. After a dazzling performance at the Austin City Limits Festival, PopMatters declared that “they were enthralling, especially McCarter. It’s a feeling I haven’t had since seeing a 16-year-old Derek Trucks render a bunch of unaware bar patrons slack-jawed more than 20 years ago. While watching Con Brio, I kept looking around the tent, searching the faces: “You’re seeing this right? You get what’s happening?” And they were. It was hard not to be swept up in it all.” SATURDAY

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MARCHFOURTH

Who can forget that unforgettable moment just three years ago when MarchFourth burst upon the Juan de Fuca Festival with their swirling volcano of high energy music and spectacle. MarchFourth is an internationally acclaimed, genre-breaking force in the world of entertainment – a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world taking audiences on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization.  With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes and irresistible charisma.  This is not a band that simply “puts on a show.”  MarchFourth delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience of pure joy. As bass player, John Averill notes, “we definitely have a funk and New Orleans influence, but we also do rock, jazz, lots of different genres.  If it’s got a groove, we’ll play it.”  FRIDAY

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CURTIS SALGADO

Curtis is the original Blues Brother.  After John Belushi caught one of Curtis’s typical, no-holds-barred performances, Belushi was inspired to create the Blues Brothers and modeled his character after Curtis (along with dedicating the first Blues Brother album, Briefcase Full of Blues, to Curtis).  Recognition for Curtis as the consummate bluesman has arrived — he swept the 2013 Blues Awards in Memphis, winning BB King Entertainer of the Year, Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year and Soul Blues Album of the Year. With 2017’s new CD, The Beautiful Lowdown, Curtis did it again – winning Best Male Blues Artist, Best Album and Best Song.  Curtis tours heavily, leaving fans excited and hungry for more wherever he plays. Reknowned as a solo artist, his long and storied career also includes stints as the lead singer for the Robert Cray Band, Roomful of Blues, Steve Miller and Santana.   “Always give it your best,” he says. “Be honest and be real. Treat every show like it’s the biggest night of your life.” “Triumphant, joyful blues-soaked R & B –one of the most soulful, honest singers ever.” (Blues Revue)  SUNDAY

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THE SAM CHASE

Over the past several years, The Sam Chase has emerged, perhaps, as Port Angeles’ favorite out-of-town band. Equally popular in the Bay Area, the band are two time winners as “Best Band” in the SF Weekly Best of the Bay Readers Poll. Hailing from the hills of San Francisco, Sam and his band, whom he lovingly refers to as The Untraditional, take to stages all over the country with a virulent and frenetic passion which many history buffs might liken to the Norse warriors known as The Berserkers, who were known to have fought battles with an uncontrollable, trance-like fury. But we digress. In 2012 came the release of his long awaited first studio album, The Sam Chase Will Lead Us To Victory which took the group all across the United States. The cry came for more, so they released a new album, The Sam Chase Will Never Die. Interestingly, many children have been conceived to this album and all of these children are now showing higher than normal levels of intelligence and immunity to most diseases. MONDAY, AFTER HOURS SUNDAY

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ROYAL JELLY JIVE

Few bands have the ability to evoke an old-school throwback vibe and yet sound entirely fresh and new at the same time. Royal Jelly Jive is one of those bands. Combining elements of Soul, Rock, Swing and Hip-Hop, Royal Jelly Jive shakes up every dance-party and grooves harder than your typical rock n’ roll band dares to go. It is all fronted by enigmatic singer Lauren Bjelde, whose sultry voice and songwriting lands somewhere in-between Amy Winehouse and Tom Waits. The infectious sounds of swingin’ horns, gritty keys and a bumpin’ rhythm section carry a crowd into bliss — creating an unforgettable live experience that will leave you wanting more.  Since forming in San Francisco’s own Boom Boom Room in the summer of 2013, Royal Jelly Jive has quickly ascended to become one of the Bay Area’s most anticipated acts. Playing hi-energy shows and festivals in cities and towns all across the West Coast, they have captivated the ears and hearts of almost all who hear them.  (Royal Jelly Jive will be performing three shows for area students at Port Angeles High School.)  SATURDAY, AFTER HOURS SATURDAY

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DEEP BLUE JAM

Deep Blue Jam is a mandolin/guitar based Americana Roots/Rock/Funk fusion jam band, or what they like to call, “Bluezgrass.”  Founded by veteran musicians, Lorin Rowan and Kirk Casey, the band also includes Eric McCann on bass, Matt Willis on drums and Steve Berk on keys.   Lorin’s recordings and performances include a long history as part of the Rowan Brothers with his brothers, Peter and Chris, as well as with iconic musicians Vince Herman and Leftover Salmon, Steve Miller, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Levon Helm, Bill Kreutzmann, and more. Some of Kirk’s recordings and performances include The Sims, SimCity, Kenneth Nash, Steve Miller, Journey, Tower of Power, and many others. Eric McCann, Matt Willis and Steve Berk also boast remarkable resumes and have played and recorded with a wide variety of virtuoso musicians including Phil Lesh, Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman Band, Little Feat, Bill Kreutzman, Jim Keltner, Steve Cropper, Clarence Clemmons, Levon Helm and Jerry Garcia – just to name a few.  SUNDAY

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WORLD’S FINEST

An eclectic five-piece band combining Americana, ska, dub and bluegrass, World Finest banks on their ability to transcend genres of all kinds. String-centric and bluegrass-inspired compositions seamlessly transition into 3-Dimensional Psytrance, Funk, and Dub soundscapes, leaving their audience with a full circle experience of emotion and dance. Their appreciation for punk and ska can be found peppered throughout their shows and albums, made evident by up-tempo, high-energy offerings. Never happy to settle, the band is always looking to push through boundaries and challenge themselves.  With five albums under their belt, the band is still firing on all cylinders. World’s Finest has hit the West Coast Festival scene hard, making appearances at High Sierra, Northwest String Summit, Summer Meltdown, Oregon Country Fair, 4 Peaks, Symbiosis and more. With their unique style, World’s Finest connects with fans from all over the musical universe. FRIDAY, AFTER HOURS FRIDAY

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TOO LOOSE CAJUN/ZYDECO BAND

Get ready to get your ya yas out with the ever-popular Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band as they rock the house with their infectious brand of Cajun and zydeco dance music from Southwestern Louisiana. With their traditional Cajun/zydeco instrumentation, this band will take you on a rollicking journey into the heart of the Louisiana bayou with two fiddles, accordion, electric and acoustic guitars, piano, the traditional Louisiana rub-board, and a kickin’ rhythm section. With their vocal harmonies tart and sweet, male and female, they are perennial favorites on the zydeco stage at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival as well as many other parties and festivals. So come on down, and don’t forget your dancin’ shoes.  SUNDAY

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ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS

Although it would be understandable if one thought that All Our Exes hailed from somewhere in the southwest, this talented group of women are actually from Australia where they just won the prestigious ARIA (Australian Grammy) for best roots/blues album of the year. All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters – combining to create four-part indie-folk harmony heaven. They’ve had an impressive career to date, touring and performing with The Backstreet Boys (USA), Passenger (UK) and many others including a number of Australian musical icons like last year’s tour of the US with Midnight Oil. “All Our Exes Live in Texas have been touring over the past couple of years selling out venues all over Australia – it’s hard to feel sorry for someone singing a sad song when their talent is completely blocking any feelings of pity you could ever feel – they are the most badass girl folk group ever.” (hhhappy.com) SATURDAY

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BALLET VICTORIA

JFFA is committed to just one legacy act– a group that we feature at our Festival every single year.  That group is Ballet Victoria.  Ballet Victoria is a boutique professional ballet company that presents four yearly productions in its home base of Victoria BC.  They are known for their dramatic, technically demanding and often laced with humor, performances. Audiences can always expect shows that are entertaining but also with great artistic depth – satisfying to both aficionados and to those just discovering ballet.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Paul Destrooper, innovation is always happening, quietly but insistently.  Having produced over 73 new works, Ballet Victoria is starting its 15th season in 2018.  Their programs utilize a diverse range of choreographies, from Baroque music to Rock, from Opera to folk songs. The result is pure magic.   The Juan de Fuca Festival will enjoy excerpts from their remarkably rich and varied oeuvre. SATURDAY, SUNDAY

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LAURA LOVE

Laura Love is an award winning “folk-funk” singer/songwriter/bassist who has been touring throughout the world since the early 1990s.  Laura has released 11 CDs on major and minor labels, she has performed at nearly every great music festival in North America and Australia, she has composed commissioned music for dance and theater productions and is a published author.  After taking nearly a decade off the festival/touring circuit (including the Juan de Fuca Festival!), to live off grid and raise her daughter, Laura is again returning to the stage to continue where she left off.  To that end, she exploded back onto the festival scene in 2017, taking the Kate Wolf, Strawberry and Philadelphia Folk Music Festivals by storm.  With these powerful performances she and her stellar guitarist, Terry Hunt, showcased a whole new batch of songs that left audiences leaping to their feet mid-set and some concert-goers telling her “she was even better than she’d been years ago. ” Her music is exuberant…reaching out with an almost fervent joy.”  (New York Times)  SATURDAY

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TILLER’S FOLLY

A long time festival favorite, it’s been seven long years since Tiller’s Folly last joined us.  Tiller’s Folly is the Pacific Northwest’s critically acclaimed, internationally travelled acoustic power trio, planted at the forefront of a bold new movement in progressive roots music. A highly regarded Canadian Celtic group-turned-historians, this award-winning ensemble has shifted to what might be more aptly termed Acoustic Roots Music.  Principle songwriter and vocalist Bruce Coughlan is a true collector of songs and a multi-faceted talent — fated to be recognized as one of the great Canadian songwriters in the league of Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers.  Fiddler/multi-instrumentalist Nolan Murray is an Oregon State Fiddle Champion, top ten Grand Master Champion and top ten US National Fiddle Champion.  The bassist Laurence Knight is an expressive musician who adds his soulful, rhythmic signature to the Tiller’s Folly blend.  “Tiller’s Folly is a national treasure”. (Edmonton Journal) MONDAY

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DAVID JACOBS STRAIN W/BOB BEACH

A long-time favorite of the Juan de Fuca Festival, David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player and song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and his spirit of emotional abandon. His live show moves from humorous, subversive blues to delicate balladry and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. David has appeared at major festivals throughout the world including a stint on the faculty of Centrum’s Blues and Heritage workshop at the age of 15. He’s shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Boz Scaggs, Etta James, Taj Mahal, the Doobie Brothers and many more. He will be accompanied by Philadelphia’s harmonica virtuoso Bob Beach. “His albums are slow-burning wonders…” (Pop Matters) David and Bob’s set on Monday will be a joint show with Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai. SUNDAY, MONDAY, AFTER HOURS SUNDAY

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KEITH GREENINGER W/DAYAN KAI

These two powerful artists combine award winning songwriting, stunning vocal harmonies, and effortless musical collaboration.  Keith Greeninger is a seasoned troubadour, award-winning songwriter, and captivating performer. As a solo artist and with his band, he has toured the national Folk and Americana circuit extensively for the last two decades. His masterfully crafted songs and warm distinctive vocals have earned him the top songwriting awards at the Telluride Blue Grass Festival, The Kerrville and Napa Valley Folk Festivals.   Dayan Kai is a true musical force of nature. Born without sight he began playing classical piano at the age of two. He plays a diverse array of musical instruments with mesmerizing ease. With a harmony voice most angels would trade their wings in for, Kai moves fluidly between guitars, keyboards, winds instruments and percussion creating a rich musical backdrop for the duo’s soaring music. Keith and Dayan’s set on Monday will be a joint show with David Jacobs Strain and Bob Beach.  SUNDAY, MONDAY

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ROSIE AND THE RIVETERS

From Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Rosie & the Riveters never planned to get political. But opening a newspaper or watching the news these days made it impossible to see the status of women around the world and stay silent. The result is Ms. Behave – a collection of gritty, sultry, vintage-inspired folk anthems that paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world. A quick read through song titles like “Gotta Get Paid”, “Let ‘em Talk” and “I Wanna be King” gives an idea of what they have to say. Rosie & the Riveters’ unmistakable visual branding of red lipstick, pin curls, and overtly feminine costuming may be deceiving, but this is not a throwback band. Ms. Behave embraces the feminist undertone of their moniker, Rosie the Riveter, in a way they hadn’t previously; one that allows them to shed their please-all attitudes, take a purposeful stance and dare be themselves. Listen closely to hear playfully defiant lyrics and confident talk-back harmonies. Every word, note, and movement in their live show is done purposefully to empower and challenge. SUNDAY

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THE ROWAN BROTHERS

The Rowan Brothers , Chris and Loren, play acoustic roots/Americana with tight brotherly harmonies and haunting melodies on guitars & lap steel/dobro.  The music is an eclectic mix of  sound of modern day Everly Brothers meets the Beatles, Crosby,Stills,Nash & Young, and more.  Lorin’s song ‘Soldier of the Cross’ is the title track of country artist Ricky Skaggs’ Grammy winning CD.  Chris’s song, ‘If I Only Could’ charted 59 on Billboard Top 100 for “The Rowans” (including brother Peter Rowan) back in the ‘70’s while on Warner/Asylum Records.   They are an International touring act as a duo as well as with their  brother Peter.  Chris and Lorin have shared the stage with Phil Lesh, Left Over Salmon, Steve Miller, Little Feat, Jerry Garcia, Levon Helm, Huey Lewis, to name a few. Their most recent CD is The Anthology ‘Now & Then’.   Special guest, Ken Emerson, a virtuoso lap steel/dobro player has recorded with Todd Rundgren and Donald Fagen (Steely Dan).  He’s also well known for Hawaiian slack key guitar and was part of first compilation Hawaiian Grammy winning CD.  SATURDAY

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PEARL DJANGO

With a performance history spanning over two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform. “Pearl Django: the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt done to perfection!” (Seattle Times) SATURDAY

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MOUTHS OF BABES

“Hands down the best new music I’ve heard in years. It’s damn near perfect.” (Café Veritas) From Atlanta, Georgia and with more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the contemporary folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they criss-crossed the country, rocked festival main stages, and toured with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of the songwriting, humor, and musicianship of their previous groups into a new power duo (actually quartet) that brings more style and depth than ever before. “If I was forced to categorize it, I’d call it modern folk. It’s powerful, romantic, and giddy. And the two are insanely infectious together onstage, like a musical and a personal love fest all at once.”  (Huffington Post) SATURDAY

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HALIE LOREN

Halie Loren is an Alaskan-raised, Oregon-based, internationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter.  She brings a fresh and original perspective to time-honored musical paths, channeling her innate understanding of connectedness across musical boundaries to forge bonds with diverse audiences in North America, Asia, and Europe.  She sings in several languages, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese and Korean. She has released nine albums that have garnered several national and international awards as well as significant critical and chart successes along the way, including several that have reached #1 on Billboard/Japan Jazz Charts, iTunes (Canada and Japan) and Amazon Music. For the past 7 years she has traveled east to west in the US and other parts of the world, including Canada, Japan, Italy, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Haiti. She is currently recording a new album of her original material to be released in Spring 2018. SATURDAY

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CHRISTIAN SWENSON

Christian Swenson has an extensive background in dance, mime, voice and improvisation.  He is known for his pioneering work in what he calls “Human Jazz”, a global fusion of dance/drama/music for body and voice.  For the past 30 years he has been performing creations for the body and voice searching for a more global aesthetic.  Since 1980 he has been a touring artist visiting communities and schools in the Northwest and beyond.  He has performed and taught throughout this country, as well as in Canada, Europe, Japan and Nepal.  His work is unique in its cross-cultural synthesis of theater, dance and music and its willingness to unbridle the imagination — where freedom is more important than conflict, and within which continual transformations can take place.  “Swenson is that rare soloist who can fill a stage, a mind, for a whole evening. He makes you feel you might be eavesdropping on genius.”  (Seattle Times)  (Christian Swenson will be performing three shows for area students at Port Angeles High School. )SATURDAY

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WEST MY FRIEND

We feel very privileged that West My Friend was able to join us this year since they had to cut short a European tour to make it happen.  Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, West My Friend has an acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies that challenges the conventions of popular music. The band features pure and thrillingly elastic vocals with catchy arrangements of bass, guitar, mandolin and accordion that draw from jazz, classical, folk and pop influences.  Inspired by artists such as Joanna Newsome, Bright Eyes, the Decemberists and the Punch Brothers, and forged from a sonically adventurous acoustic music scene of Canada’s west coast, West My Friend is proving to be a key part of a new generation of grassroots folk music.  With the release of their third and latest album, Quiet Hum, West My Friend builds admirably on the body of great music coming out of Victoria and across British Columbia.  FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AFTER HOURS FRIDAY

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JOHNAYE KENDRICK QUARTET

Jazz singer Johnaye Kendrick is “not just a vocalist,” says the legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath.  “She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears.” With her sterling vocals and bright, warm disposition she’s always sure to give an exciting and authentic Jazz performance.  Johnaye Kendrick has performed at Earshot Jazz Festival, the Royal Room, Chicago Symphony Center, International Jazz Festival Bern, Chihuly Gardens, and more. At the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz she worked with many outstanding jazz musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Brian Blade. She received a DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist, and she was nominated for an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award as “Northwest Vocalist of the Year.” Johnaye has also been a featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet as well as the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which won a Grammy for their album Book 1 on which Ms. Kendrick is featured. SUNDAY

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SCOTT COSSU

Scott is an internationally known, composer, pianist and recording artist. He was up front when New Age was just beginning over 30 years ago.  He was one of the first Windham Hill Artists to join with founders Will Ackerman and Alex Degrassi on their new label out of Palo Alto, California.  Scott signed onto the label the same day as Michael Hedges and they both joined George Winston who was new to the label himself.  Scott affectionately call his music Heavy Mental or Cosmic National Geographic, even though he was one of the grandfathers of the New Age scene.  Much of Scott’s work exhibits departures from the New Age field and includes a melodic blend of jazz, classical and ethnic influences. He has enjoyed great success at the top of the jazz charts and has sold out shows from England to Japan, Chile and Germany.  Scott will be joined by Lonnie Mardis on guitar, and Steve Banks on drummer.  “A jazz luminary of the future.”  (Billboard Magazine)  SUNDAY

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IVAN DECKER

~Nominated for 2018 Juno Award for Comedy Album of the Year~
A force on the scene as one of Canada’s top comedians, Ivan Decker has become a favorite among audiences and comedians alike. He has numerous television performances filmed at the prestigious Just for Laughs Montreal festival and can be heard across North-America on Sirius XM radio. Audiences agree it is always a delight to watch Ivan perform his sharp, multi-layered observational comedy.

He has performed stand-up comedy across North America and can be seen and heard as a part of the popular CBC radio program “The Debaters,” the Winnipeg and Halifax Comedy festivals for CBC Television and he recently made his American international debut on CONAN.  SATURDAY, SUNDAY

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CASEY NEILL & JOHNNY B CONNOLLY

It’s been 15 years since Casey Neill and Johnny B. Connolly embarked on a cross country US tour.  Fast forward to 2018 and they are together again with songs and instrumentals from the Scots/Irish and American traditions as well as a selection of originals.  Johnny Connolly was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland where his dexterity on the accordion earned him a place with the established Celtic ensemble, Anam, at the age of seventeen. For the past few years, Johnny has been touring as a member of internationally acclaimed Irish band Solas and is featured on their latest CD ‘All These Years’. Casey Neill is a songwriter and guitarist who tours extensively in the US, Japan, and Europe. He performs solo and with his band The Norway Rats, as well as being a member of indie rock super group The Minus 5. Neill has a long history in the traditional folk world having worked with masters of Scots/Irish music such as Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, and Martin Hayes. SUNDAY

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WHISKEY MINSTRELS

Award-winning songsmith Bruce Coughlan and award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nolan Murray team up to share music and stories from four decades on the road.  Their music reflects years spent drawing influences from the tap-roots of Roots music.  At times you’ll hear Celtic influences and stories from their times in the highlands of Scotland. At other times, the Bluegrass and Country Blues of their journeys through the South.  Songs from all the roads in-between. Stories that speak of a rich and colorful landscape that has been laid out for these talented artists to interpret.  Bruce is a multi-faceted talent and great Canadian songwriter while Nolan is a top ten US Grand Masters and top ten US National Fiddle Champion.  They are also two-thirds of Port Angeles favorites, Tiller’s Folly.  SUNDAY 

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BIRCH PEREIRA & THE GIN JOINTS

Born out of a love of the early years of swing, Americana and rock ‘n ‘roll, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints is a band whose sound transports you to the time of speakeasies, honky-tonks and roadhouses. With upright bassist and vocalist Birch Pereira at its center, the band features skilled and versatile musicians who share the love of the American song traditions and a desire to offer a fresh angle on them.  The band’s debut album, Dream Man, was released independently and received the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for “Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year” in 2016. Birch has also been nominated for 2017 Vocalist of the Year in the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear awards.   Fans, critics and deejays have delighted in Birch Pereira’s “old soul,” tenor voice, the group’s new, stripped-down arrangements of musical gems from the past and Pereira’s ever growing repertoire of original, yet period-evoking material. SUNDAY

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CLAUDE BOURBON

Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.   There is an almost endless amalgam of different influences in Claude’s playing, all melting into each other, as he moves from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearics to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta.  His Spanish medieval blues can evolve into Gypsy and Eastern European, with a splash of Delta Blues and more. A top master of his craft and never appearing to be rushed, he has impeccable timing and makes things that one can only marvel at seem simple.  French but now based in the UK, some of Claude’s influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician — Paco De Lucia,  Richie Blackmore, JJ Cale,  JS Bach and others. “A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso.”  (Altadena News, USA)  SATURDAY

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JOY IN MUDVILLE

If you’re ever in Port Angeles wondering where everybody went, you may want to check out wherever Joy In Mudville is making the scene. The band features some of our favorite musicians with Jason Mogi on clawhammer banjo/acoustic and electric guitar/vocals, Kim Trenerry on acoustic guitar/bass guitar/vocals, Paul Stehr-Green on bass guitar/vocals AND Terry Smith on drums.   The music they create together combines influences from old-time bluegrass, folk, rock, country, blues and funk. Whether an original tune, a driving barn-burner, some funk rock or one of many Grateful Dead covers, their music is super-high energy with tight harmonies and clever arrangements and grooves that make you wanna bust out those dancing shoes.  FRIDAY, MONDAY

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NAOMI WACHIRA

“I am an African girl, well I know where I’m coming from, and I know who I want to be” is the defiant soul-anthem that jumpstarted Afro-Folk singer/songwriter Naomi Wachira onto a whole new path and calling. These words, from the title track of her first EP African Girl (2012), paved the way for this Kenyan-born, Seattle-based artist, who is determined to make a contribution in the world by offering music that is poignant, hopeful and life-giving.   Five years later comes her sophomore album Song of Lament.   With music that is both uplifting and somber, there is no doubt Wachira is determined to create a niche in the world and perhaps inch us closer to one another as we remember our shared humanity. Like the two predecessors she has long admired, Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, she hopes that she can contribute to making the world a better place. “Naomi Wachira is an artist of formidable talent and heart.  Her music & songwriting brings together harmonies that speak across continents and cultures.”- (Northwest Music Scene) SATURDAY

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CHANDRA JOHNSON & THE HOMESCHOOL BOYS

It was a sad day for Port Angeles, not all that many years ago, when Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys played their last show.  One of Port Angeles’ most favorite bands, they combined the timeless tradition of old time music with Gaelic, Blues, and Gospel. Silly, sultry, spiritual, and heartbreaking, Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys was one foot-stomping band.  So it was with great excitement to learn that this great band has been resurrected with one of Port Angeles’ musical heroes, fiddler and vocalist Chandra Johnson.  Already well-known as a member of San Francisco’s great Sam Chase Band and Port Angeles’ Crushwater, her newest initiative with the reformed Homeschool Boys is something you don’t want to miss.  Musical synergy – taking two great musical entities and joining them together to create something even better than the sum of its parts!  FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SATURDAY AFTER HOURS

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CAROLYN CRUSO

Carolyn Cruso is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer. She has toured widely in both the United States and Europe, as well as producing eight CDs during that time. She is equally at home on hammered dulcimer, flute, guitar and vocals and performs a diverse array of original tunes and songs as well as traditional material. Her instrumental compositions are mainly for the hammered dulcimer and are inspired by her strong connection to nature as well as her extensive travel and the cultures she’s encountered along the way. Her unusual and lyrical approach to the dulcimer especially delights audiences and has even won over curmudgeons who swore they hated hammered dulcimer!    She celebrates the release of her latest instrumental recording, Migrations – A Retrospective (1989-1995), which draws from four early albums she made with the late great Robert Almblade.  Migrations was chosen Best Instrumental CD of 2013 by the Indie Acoustic Project. “A musical tour-de-force, fusing an eclectic mélange of folk, jazz and Celtic elements…a poetic virtuoso.”  (Eureka Times Standard) SUNDAY

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GRANDPA’S GRANDKIDS

Back in the 1950s or whatnot, the grandparents of Enoch Bowlby (guitar, vocals) Jacob Wright (bass) Collin McAvinchey (mandolin) Andy Hokit (banjo) Ashley Reis (vocals), Eric Tonnenson (guitar, vocals) were at a crossroads – The 2018 Juan de Fuca Festival in Port Angeles was looming on the horizon, and these folks knew that the event organizers would be in dire need of a bouncy string band to be part of the festivities. “Tasty folk originals intermixed with hard-driving bluegrass standards aren’t just going to play themselves,” said Collin’s grandpa. It was in this moment they realized that the only group with enough raw talent for the gig had to be comprised of their own yet-to-be-born grandchildren. So, the group set upon the task of making children who would in turn make more children to play bluegrass shows and excite Port Angeles crowds time and time again. The plan worked perfectly. MONDAY

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HIGH DIVIDE

It’s rare that we book a band two years in a row but, in this case, we felt we had to make an exception.   Named for the towering ridgeline that bisects the Olympic Mountains, High Divide draws from the heart of traditional folk and bluegrass while capturing the no-boundaries attitude and heartfelt angst of rock n’ roll.    Originally hailing from Sequim, the boys from High Divide have been making music together in various forms for over a decade, and recently finished recording their debut album.  Their sound has been described as a harmony-driven, acoustic blend of Americana, folk rock, and country.  MONDAY

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HOT LLAMAS

What do you get when you cross an electric banjo, an acoustic guitar, and a smokin’ drummer/hand drum percussionist? The Hot Llamas! This band combines a love of funk, swing, rock, country and high-octane bluegrass for a jamband no-limits sound. Banjo player/Vocalist Gregg King, Guitarist/Vocalist Brett Romano, and  Drummer Paul Scheifen  explore the limits of their instruments while giving a fun, high energy show. Come see for yourself and find out how you can be a Llama Head. FRIDAY

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CHES FERGUSON

The music of Ches Ferguson has been described as a folk-delic groove for your soul.  He will take you on a musical adventure weaving original tunes, covers, and improvisational journeys on guitar, cedar flute and vocals.  MONDAY

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CHES FERGUSON

The music of Ches Ferguson has been described as a folk-delic groove for your soul.  Ferguson will take you on a musical adventure weaving original tunes, covers, and improvisational journeys on guitar, cedar flute and vocals.
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CELEBRATE DIVERSITY

The Juan de Fuca Foundation is proud to announce a new event series: CELEBRATE DIVERSITY Program—–Music—–Dinner Special Activities Many of us remember being taught that the United States represented one of the greatest cultural experiments the world had ever known – a great “melting pot” where immigrants of many diverse cultures can  ‘melt together” or […]

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BC WORLD MUSIC COLLECTIVE

If ever there was a World Music super-group, this would be it. The incredible, 13 member band brings together musicians from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, London, and First Nations, all who now make their home in beautiful Vancouver BC. The project first began in the summer of 2015, when the artists were asked to come together to perform at the Vancouver Island Music Festival. After an intense week of rehearsals, the group made their first appearance on the mainstage of the festival. They were such a sensation that they decided to turn this one-off project into one of the great world music bands playing today. SUNDAY

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JESSE ROPER

With an explosive live show, the genuine quality and charisma of Jesse’s versatile blues-rooted soul, rock and country funk is as approachable as his charm. Quickly gaining momentum, the wheels on Jesse’s faithful van keep turning, chronicling a year of extensive touring and success as he becomes a major festival draw. A native of Victoria BC, some may appreciate his throwback vibe akin to Stevie Ray Vaughan and vintage Texas blues. However, Jesse Roper’s music remains current, the organic rawness of his vocals and guitar overshadowing any preconceived stereotypes made of blues musicians. SATURDAY

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DIVINITY ROXX

Perhaps best known for her time with Beyoncé Knowles, Divinity worked as her bassist and Musical Director for over five years including the The Beyoncé Experience Live, the I Am Yours and the I am Sasha Fierce world tours. She has performed with Beyonce at the White House for President Barack Obama, the Grammy’s, MTV Music Awards, Ellen, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Saturday Night Live, just to name a few. Prior to her work with Beyonce, she spent five years touring with Victor Wooten, one of the world’s greatest bass players. She has also backed legends like Bela Fleck, Patti Labelle, Kelly Rowland, Gladys Knight and many more. SATURDAY

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KEN DEROUCHIE BAND

This is an 8-piece Soul/R&B/Funk/Blues band featuring a crisp horn section, a tight rhythm section and amazing 4 part vocals. Influences for the band include everything from Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Steely Dan, Jill Scott and Galactic. Given the competition, a band has to put on one heck of a show for The Oregonian to declare them “one of the best live bands in the Northwest.” But the Ken DeRouchie Band has earned that accolade and then some, building a devoted fan base with their party-starting mix of soul, R&B and funk. Vocals, bass, keys, guitar, drums and a “dash of brass” come together in a sound that’s fresh, but always funky. “Ken and his band bring it each and every night. Horns that moan and wail, guitars that grind and soothe and a rhythm section tighter than a frog’s ass. (KINK FM Portland) FRIDAY

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GEOFFREY CASTLE BAND

Legendary fiddler Geoffrey Castle has an amazing history in Port Angeles dating all the way back to the very first Juan de Fuca Festival. In recent years, he has become a well-loved Christmas tradition with hes annual show, Geoffrey Castle’s Celtich Christmas Celebration. Believe it not, this will be Geoffrey’s first appearance at our Festival with a full band in over 15 years! MONDAY

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THE PAPERBOYS

A long-time favorite of the Festival, we are thrilled to announce that Vancouver BC’s Paperboys are back after a three year hiatus. After all, nobody else does it just like the Paperboys. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, they are Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass. You can also add healthy servings of Ska, Soca, African Highlife and even a little White Boy Reggae. SATURDAY, AFTER HOURS

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ACHILLES WHEEL

A recent winner of Northern California’s prestigious 2016 Band of the Year Award, hosted by Lake Tahoe’s KTKE, California’s Achilles Wheel is a high energy Roots and World Music/Rock and Roll band. The band is recognized for its award winning songwriting, its versatility on numerous stringed instruments and the rhythmic earthquake of two full drum sets. Frequently compared to the Grateful Dead, (they have done Grateful Dead tribute shows), they’ve been burning up festival stages from California Worldfest, Kate Wolf, Strawberry and many more. FRIDAY, AFTER HOURS

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TOO LOOSE ZYDECO/CAJUN BAND

Get ready to get your ya yas out with the ever-popular Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band as they rock the house with their infectious brand of Cajun and zydeco dance music from Southwestern Louisiana. With their traditional Cajun/zydeco instrumentation, this band will take you on a rollicking journey into the heart of the Louisiana bayou with two fiddles, accordion, electric and acoustic guitars, piano, the traditional Louisiana rub-board, and a kickin’ rhythm section. SUNDAY, AFTER HOURS

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BALLET VICTORIA

Well known for the sheer virtuosity of its dancing, Victoria’s premiere ballet company, Ballet Victoria, can be found daily working away in their downtown Victoria studio — creating, training and rehearsing original works. Day by day, innovation is happening, quietly but insistently. The music inspires dancers to create beauty and harmony in their dance. Always searching for creativity, beauty and harmony, Ballet Victoria’s versatility is astonishing – from Baroque music to Rock, from Opera to folk songs. The result is pure magic. SATURDAY, SUNDAY

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PAULA BOGGS BAND

Starbucks vet Paula Boggs and the 6-piece Paula Boggs Band traverse jazz, world, rock and Americana. They released their debut album “A Buddha State of Mind” in 2010 and “Carnival of Miracles,” produced by Grammy-winning Trina Shoemaker, in 2015. Their sound is Seattle-Brewed Soulgrass and the band has performed 50+ shows throughout the country since releasing Carnival of Miracles. “The new CD from the Paula Boggs Band is simply put, a masterpiece. Here is a record with every song destined to be well known soon to audiences and equally loved…they have hit this right out of the park.” (Bruce Swan, WPKN) MONDAY

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JEFF SCROGGINS AND COLORADO

A high-energy five-piece bluegrass band from Colorado, their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing. It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class musicians, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that delighted listeners all over the world. Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion Jeff Scroggins, FRIDAY, AFTER HOURS, SATURDAY

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MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRESENTS RAPUNZEL

Missoula Children’s Theatre Presents Rapunzel: Something new and exciting for our Festival – a very special presentation of the children’s classic Rapunzel, led by the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre – The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT). Featuring local students, Rapunzel will delight you with the beauty, joy and professionalism of the production. How it works: a tour team comes to town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play… all except the cast. MONDAY

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DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN

A long-time favorite of the Juan de Fuca Festival, David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player and song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and his spirit of emotional abandon. His live show moves from humorous, subversive blues to delicate balladry and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. David has appeared at major festivals throughout the world including a stint on the faculty of Centrum’s Blues and Heritage workshop at the age of 15. SUNDAY, AFTER HOURS, MONDAY

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POLECAT

When Polecat had their very first rehearsal in 2010, some of the members hadn’t even met each other before, but you’d never guess it knowing that they’ve since played over 400 shows bustling with chemistry and character. Each member comes from a different location and radically different musical backgrounds. Somehow, however, when the music starts playing there is sense of unity in the band that clearly works in their favor and it seems like they’ve been together since birth. Their unique instrumentation enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, celtic, rock, reggae, and world music into their sound. SUNDAY

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MERIDETH KAYE CLARK

Merideth is an artist, traveler, musician, songwriter, singer, and actress. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Merideth earned a Masters in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University. Her career as a concert artist and musical theatre performer is extraordinary, having played many major roles from Nancy in Oliver (Seattle’s 5th Ave.) to Elphaba in the First National Tour of the Broadway Musical, Wicked. For our Festival, Merideth will perform Joni Mitchell’s BLUE, one of the most iconic albums of all time, FRIDAY, SATURDAY

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MICHAELA ANNE

Rooted in the Americana tradition, Michaela’s songs evoke the ever-changing landscape of American life – blending country, soul and folk with heartfelt lyrics and a powerful vocal delivery. Her most recent album, Bright Lights and the Fame, was one of Rolling Stone’s “15 Great Country and Americana Albums You Didn’t Hear in 2016,” an honor she shared with folks like John Prine and Wynona Judd. Rolling Stone noted that it evokes “the country-rock sound of the Eagles and the emotional vocals of Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.” SATURDAY

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DIMITRI MATHENY

The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.” Acclaimed for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation.” (International Review of Music) An honors graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. SUNDAY

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JOY IN MUDVILLE

If you’re ever in Port Angeles wondering where everybody went, you may want to check out wherever Joy In Mudville is making the scene. The band features some of our favorite musicians with Jason Mogi on clawhammer banjo/acoustic and electric guitar/vocals, Kim Trennary on acoustic guitar/bass guitar/vocals and Paul Stehr-Green on bass guitar/vocals. The music they create together combines influences from old-time bluegrass, folk, rock, country, blues and funk. SUNDAY, MONDAY

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WHISKEY MINSTRELS

Award-winning songsmith Bruce Coughlan and award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nolan Murray team up to share music and stories from four decades on the road. Their music reflects years spent drawing influences from the tap-roots of Roots music. At times you’ll hear Celtic influences and stories from their times in the highlands of Scotland. At other times, the Bluegrass and Country Blues of their journeys through the South. Songs from all the roads in-between. SUNDAY

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THE EDGE IMPROV

Join The Edge for an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestion. For two laughter-filled decades, the nine-member troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from everyone alike – certainly one of the funniest improve groups around. As The Edge co-founder Frank Buxton notes, “Improv is like standing on the edge of a cliff and then jumping off. You leap and you hope you can fly.” “And indeed they can, riding the thermals, playing off each other’s antics and spring-boarding from audience suggestions.” (Bainbridge Island Review) SATURDAY

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CIRQUE LOVE LOVE

Cirque Love Love is a one-man-cabaret – juggling humor, lust, and vulnerability. Come for the high caliber circus, stay for the intrigue, leave when it’s over. Ty, short for Tyrannosaurus, tall by any other measure, has been performing his original works for more than a decade. Join him on his newest journey as he throws thoughts, spins stories, and rolls the romances of his past into a circus extravaganza. A spectacle set to original live music and classic pop that will tug at your heartstrings. SATURDAY

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SHOT IN THE DARK

Shot in the Dark found each other by individually answering the same craigslist ad, all with a common love for singing a cappella music. Hailing from all over the US and beyond, this is a truly unique group of musicians, with backgrounds ranging from college a cappella and opera, to touring chorales, barbershop, and musical theater. Founded in 2012, they hit the ground running, placing as a finalist in the Lady Antebellum A Cappella Cover Contest in their first year. SUNDAY

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ALEX ZERBE

With captivating amounts of energy, Alex Zerbe moves like a rubber band from one end of the stage to the other. Beatboxing, juggling, dancing, singing, music and magic are just a few of the things that led Piers Morgan of America’s Got Talent to call him, “The total package.” The “Professional Zaniac,” who’s been cracking jokes onstage for almost 15 years, zigzags between physical stunts and non-stop comedy. During the show vegetables are sliced in half by flying playing cards, flaming torches and bowling balls are juggled with ease SUNDAY

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TWISTED ROOTS

Twisted Roots have been playing on the Olympic Peninsula for the past six years. The group consists of Marty Kaler, Marilyn Kaler, Leo Bidne, and Bob Lawrence-Markarian.

They delight in sharing familiar tunes as well as originals that sound familiar. You might hear a traditional bluegrass or Western Swing tune followed by a Beatles song. And they really like to twist it up by using unusual instrumental combinations such as ukulele, dobro, banjo, and lap steel guitar. FRIDAY, MONDAY

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HIROYA TSUKAMOTO

Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston “INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)” which consisted of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy nominee Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records SUNDAY

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CRUSHWATER

We are thrilled that local favorites, Crushwater, are finally making their long-awaited debut at our festival. With their high energy blend of original songs, visceral lyrics and rock n roll enthusiasm, it’s easy to see why crowds frequently get dancing right out of the gate. Songwriter, guitarist and lead singer, Scott Sullivan, has four original albums to his credit and his songs have gained international acclaim after being featured in many films and TV shows. Chandra Johnson, on violin and vocals, adds balance and elevates the songs and live shows with her virtuosic skill on violin and her sublime rootsy vocals. SUNDAY

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MICHAEL STEPHEN RIVERS

Michael Stephen Rivers says, “If it’s not good news, you need a new translation.” Like fresh bread out of Love’s kitchen, he brings songs ready to nourish your soul. Best known on the Peninsula as the director of the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers, Michael is also an accomplished solo performer who regularly tours to the Midwest and performs in the Pacific Northwest. He includes “Old Time” favorite gospel hymns, sing-along songs and original tunes in his performance on vocals, guitar and piano. SUNDAY

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KITTY & THE ROOSTER

Kitty & The Rooster is a wild and crazy rock n’ roll duo from Vancouver BC featuring Jodie Ponto banging on the cocktail kit and Vancouver guitar legend Noah Walker. They are known for their surf-tastic hooks, clever lyrics, and ridiculously fun shows. Noah (The Rooster) Noah has played guitar all over the world, from Turkey to Tokyo to New York City and, with CR Avery, has played some of Canada biggest festivals. Jody (Kitty) keeps the beat with her mad drumming and is also the photographer of their hilarious band photos. SATURDAY, AFTER HOURS

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HIGH DIVIDE

High Divide is a Seattle based group with deep roots on the Olympic Peninsula. Originally hailing from Sequim, the boys from High Divide have been making music together in various forms for over a decade, and just finished recording their debut album. Their sound has been described as a harmony-driven, acoustic blend of Americana, folk rock, and country. FRIDAY, SATURDAY

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POETRYMUSIC

For over 30 years, Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien have been performing as a world class chamber jazz duo — currently as PoetryMusic, which is a project in which they perform poetry that is sung and set to music. “I can highly recommend PoetryMusic with musicians Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien. If you like jazz and if you like poetry, this program is an incredible blend of the two. Chris plays the vibraphone, box drum and frame drum, while Colleen plays the cello andhas a deep resonant voice perfect for jazz-style vocals. SUNDAY, MONDAY

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KATE POWERS & DAVID RIVERS

Kate Powers (fiddle) and David Rivers (guitar) have been playing music together for a year. They initially joined forces to record Kate’s album, Jump, but since then have decided to continue playing concerts and dances as a duo. Their joint musical style is a powerful mix of Bluegrass, Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, Old-Time, and some of Kate’s original compositions. SATURDAY

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